Lewis: social care is climbing the political agenda
In almost identical speeches to the annual conferences of the English Community Care Association (ECCA) and the National Care Association (NCA), social care minister Ivan Lewis said social care was getting more attention at the top levels of government.
“Social care is one of the country’s greatest challenges but until people care about our issues, it will never get higher on the agenda,” said Mr Lewis.
“If we’re up there alongside global warming and terrorism, then that’s very good news for us. We’re soaring up the public policy agenda.”
On long term care funding and the recent Comprehensive Spending Review, Mr Lewis said he believed the current system was out of date.
“The current system built was built in the 1940s but those who suggest free care for all are not realistic,” he said. “We need to create a system that is transparent as to what are the responsibilities of the State, and of the individual. Equity release and inheri